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Internet interconnection: how the 
Economics of Convention can inform 
the discourse on internet governance 
Uta Meier-Hah...
Interconnection 
arrangements 
embody internet 
governance. 
2 
How?
Economics of Convention (EoC) 
3
• Uncertainty 
• Critical capacity (link to reflexive coordination) 
4 
Basic assumptions
• Plurality of orders of worth (contra 
determinisms) 
• Conflicts cause justifications (focus on 
situations and change) ...
Watch this video 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMRkUFnucnU 
&list=UUFyucVRAAMzxyJIsxnGwsjwf 
6 
What can these concepts...
7 
Plurality of orders of worth 
Price is one mode of evaluation 
– among others.
8 
Conflicts 
By making peering conflicts 
public network actors introduce 
a civic order of worth.
9 
Specific uncertainties 
Network actors face 
architectural opaqueness and 
systemic uncertainty.
10 
Form investments, Re: Border Gateway Protocol
11 
Form investments, Re: Border Gateway Protocol 
• Procedure for resolution of 
irregularities 
• Common best practices
12 
Quality conventions
13 
Quality conventions 
Internet interconnection, a 
market for ...?
• Dispose of universal view on interconnection 
arrangements 
• Assume uncertainty for network actors 
• Focus on situatio...
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Internet interconnection: how economic sociology can inform the discourse on internet governance

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Presentation at the annual Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) Symposium in Istanbul, Sep 1 2014

A video of the presentation is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63vudP6xJMg&list=UUk0zf4oI0IsJLh1owvUQSfQ#t=2h36m30s

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Internet interconnection: how economic sociology can inform the discourse on internet governance

  1. 1. Internet interconnection: how the Economics of Convention can inform the discourse on internet governance Uta Meier-Hahn | meier-hahn@hiig.de | @zielwasser Global Internet Governance Academic Network Symposium 2014, Istanbul Download full paper from http://zweitgeburtsort.de/s/GigaNet-2014_How-Economics-of-Convention-can-inform- the-discourse-on-internet-governance.pdf 1 1 Sep 2014
  2. 2. Interconnection arrangements embody internet governance. 2 How?
  3. 3. Economics of Convention (EoC) 3
  4. 4. • Uncertainty • Critical capacity (link to reflexive coordination) 4 Basic assumptions
  5. 5. • Plurality of orders of worth (contra determinisms) • Conflicts cause justifications (focus on situations and change) • Form investments (stabilise coordination) • Quality conventions (antecede markets) 5 A set of concepts
  6. 6. Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMRkUFnucnU &list=UUFyucVRAAMzxyJIsxnGwsjwf 6 What can these concepts teach us about Internet Interconnection?
  7. 7. 7 Plurality of orders of worth Price is one mode of evaluation – among others.
  8. 8. 8 Conflicts By making peering conflicts public network actors introduce a civic order of worth.
  9. 9. 9 Specific uncertainties Network actors face architectural opaqueness and systemic uncertainty.
  10. 10. 10 Form investments, Re: Border Gateway Protocol
  11. 11. 11 Form investments, Re: Border Gateway Protocol • Procedure for resolution of irregularities • Common best practices
  12. 12. 12 Quality conventions
  13. 13. 13 Quality conventions Internet interconnection, a market for ...?
  14. 14. • Dispose of universal view on interconnection arrangements • Assume uncertainty for network actors • Focus on situations and how uncertainty is mitigated • Discover governance in action in disputes, form investments and quality conventions 14 Take aways

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